Novak Djokovic has made himself the author of a science fiction 2021, in which he has reached only one victory since the 'Calendar Grand Slam' Had he triumphed at the US Open, the Serbian would have become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year.
This season also served to close the gap that separated him from eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time standings. After taking the title in Paris-Bercy last Sunday, the world number 1 will try to win the ATP Finals and end his year with a flourish.
Regardless of the outcome of the Masters, Nole is already certain to finish the season at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his career. As is well known, the presence of the 34-year-old from Belgrade at the Australian Open 2022 is shrouded in mystery.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion refused to disclose his vaccination status and it seems unlikely that anyone who has not received the double dose will be granted entry to Australia. In a long interview granted to 'AAP', double legend Todd Woodbridge analyzed this delicate situation.
Todd Woodbridge on Novak Djokovic
“I think given what’s on the line, it would be amazing if Novak Djokovic didn’t turn up. Yeah, I do think he’ll play,” Woodbridge said on Thursday. “[If Djokovic doesn't play], it would be his own personal statement in a sense of what he believes in."
During the conversation with AAP, Todd Woodbridge, a 16-time Major champion in men's doubles, pointed to Novak Djokovic's openness to different views and approaches as a reason for his success. “I suppose that’s what’s given him that point of difference in his career, where he made the decision to make changes to his diet and his fitness and in his health.
And that’s up to him to make those choices," Woodbridge added. “I don’t think Australia’s going to be the only issue for him moving forward. It’s more about how does the rest of the year play out if that (not playing) were to happen,” Woodbridge continued.
Djokovic has now won 86 titles out of 267 appearances on the ATP Tour, making him win 32.2% of those appearances. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal has won 88 titles out of 292 appearances, putting him at a win percentage of 30.13%.
The third rival, Roger Federer has won 103 titles out of 367 appearances, winning 28.06% of those appearances.